Meath GAA stories sought

Meath GAA club members will have an opportunity to contribute to the most comprehensive treasure trove of Gaelic-related stories ever compiled in the 136-year history of the Association.

The collaboration, between the GAA and Bray-based publishers Ballpoint Press, will not only feature Meath and the four corners of Ireland, but stories will also be sought from across the globe.

There will be a particular focus on those who have been GAA frontier people in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and many other countries.

Potential contributors who feel they have a story can get in touch with Ballpoint Press and relate their account.

It will then be written and sent back for approval before being submitted for final publishing.

The story gathering will include oral accounts so that all kind of stories can be written down for the first time in book form and also feature in the GAA's archives at Croke Park.

“The grassroots are the lifeblood of our organisation and it is timely that that such an undertaking is finally going ahead," stated GAA president John Horan who welcomed the exploration through the GAA grassroots to find the diversity of stories that undoubtedly exist there.

I'm delighted because it means that there will be a permanent home for these stories in both book form as well in our own GAA archive section," he added.

Well-known journalist and author, PJ Cunningham, will spearhead the undertaking alongside GAA Communications Director Alan Milton.

“GAA is a way of life for most Irish people at home and abroad, it is packed with diverse stories from on and off the pitch," stated Cunningham.

"I grew up listening to them and enjoying their retelling, but the reality is that many of these stories exist only in word of mouth form.

“At present, we all have a bit more time to commit such stories to paper so that they can be preserved for future generations.

“Ideally the stories should have their own unique selling point rather than just normal accounts of winning or losing matches.

"They can also include inter-county fare and personnel because it is the grassroots people who gather in large numbers to support those encounters.

“Basically, we are interested in any story from 1884 onwards to the present day that has a special, novel or unusual twist to it," he added.

For further information contact

pj@gaastories.ie or communications@gaa.ie

Letters can be sent to GAA Grassroots Stories, Ballpoint Press, 4 Wyndham Park, Bray, Co Wicklow, contact at (086) 8217631.

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